Restoration Inspiration

I know I have no business mentioning Restoration Hardware 
on a blog that is all about decorating on the cheap,


…oh my!

Have you SEEN the new catalog?

After I carefully put my eyes back in,
which popped out of my face when I opened the catalog,
I decided to blog about some inspirational
furniture and decorating ideas that I found.
So, without further ado…
 If God were a chair, this is what he’d look like.
Take a look at those curves and that fabric, would ya? 
Vintage [homespun] linen.
Grain. sack. pillows.
I love the faded letters and images.
I will be making these myself. 
Have to.
(Although, for RH, they aren’t terribly expensive at $35-$40 each)
 This dresser is made of zinc!
And it is b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. 
I adore the simple design on top 
with a little bit of onion feet on bottom.

I will be making this myself. 

Have to. 

And, considering my vintage chic home will incorporate 

various shades of dirty gray (and vintage linen),
I have moved making a dresser like this to the priority pile
which presently includes a set of [teething] infant twins and a 2nd grader on summer break, so it could easily be a few weeks
But I remain hopeful.
I did a quick Google search for zinc paint but came up empty
so I’m going to contact a local furniture restorer in the morning
to see if he knows where I can find the stuff; if it even exists. 
I’ll update this post if I find a source.

If I can’t get my hands on zinc paint,
I’m going to go at a wooden dresser with a little of this
and use an oxidizer to create that burnished, blackened patina.
Using a grill lighter and running the flame across the surface
might also work (and is much cheaper).


…it might just set my pretty dresser on fire.

I’m not sure.

I also found some antique metal paints.

This one is a rub on, gel…
(click the images for links)
…and here is an antique silver paint pigment.

  Added to a flat gray, it just might work.
I will, of course, share this project with you when it’s finished.
If anyone has tackled such a thing
or decides to before me, please share.
And if you know where to find zinc paint…holla!
Anyhow, back to more pretty.
 So cool.
I like how the covers of these antique books were removed
and bound with twine. RH is actually selling these, but PLEASE
hit up a thrift store or junk sale to easily make this yourself.

These books are covered with neutral paper 
to create a uniform and simple feel to the book cases.
There’s already enough going on with that mirror and those chairs.

I’m not sure how I feel about those chairs.

Lastly, I love these boxwood topiaries in creamy pots.
Instant fireplace mantle inspiration.

RH no doubt has gorgeous stuff, 
but I’ve haven’t purchased anything from them
other than what the name suggests…hardware.
(and beautiful it is, I might add.)


I’ll be posting the antique, swivel office chair

either tomorrow evening or Saturday
It still needs one small detail. 

So, take out your calendar and write,
“Stop by freckled laundry on Sat. night
to see Jami’s chair.”

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  1. Chris says:

    So many fabulous finds. This is why I don’t get their catalog. I just can’t torture myself too much. :)

  2. Lisa says:

    I love that dresser, too. I saw something at Ikea Hacker that you might like:

    I’ve also seen a line of metallic paints, including several shades of silver. They may be the ones you have, although I remember the containers being larger. I’ll try to find out for you. Good luck. I hope you do it.

  3. It IS torture, Chris!

    Thank you so much for blog link. I checked it out and if I can’t get my idea to work, I’m definitely going with the silver leaf. No luck finding a (workable) dresser at rummage sales today but there’s always tomorrow. Thanks again!


  4. Lisa says:

    Jami, I found the brochure I had on the metallic paints (Modern Masters) and their website. The brochure says the paints are latex and are made with metallic particles, mica and traditional pigments.

    They have so many “silvery” colors I gave up trying to choose one. Hope you have better luck. I got the brochure at my local Benjamin Moore paint store.

  5. julie says:

    hi jami! i just found your new blog and love it! so much i just became a follower! welcome to blogland! looking forward to seeing more!

  6. Meg says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to see the finished product. You are much braver than I! I had to giggle at the lighting your dresser on fire bit. Hopefully, that WON’T happen! I love how you did your research! I wouldn’t know where to start. ;)-

  7. Pam says:

    Looking forward to seeing the zinc dresser. I’m the same as you at RH – lots of looking, but not a lot of buying.

  8. Thank you everyone for your comments…I’m on a zinc dresser mission!

    Lisa, thank you so much for the paint information! I tried to email you directly but no info. was available. I appreciate you digging around for the brochure!


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